Arctic has announced its new member of the headset category at a highly affordable price, the P253 BT. Adapting the sleek and compact design from their P311 model, this entry level Bluetooth headset is designed for the budget conscious music lovers with an active lifestyle. The P253 BT enables you to enjoy the freedom of streaming music via Bluetooth, whilst experiencing the balanced sound and long battery life. The P253 BT adapted the intuitive design of the P311, making it easy to answer phone calls or control your music without interrupting your workout. The foldable design allows you to bring your music wherever you go.
ASRock’s 8 Series motherboards will be packed with a set of various new features with the code name A-Style, which includes Purity Sound, an audio solution for people who take audio seriously.
Purity Sound is a combination of several hardware, software audio solutions, and technologies that will satisfy even the pickiest audiophiles. Including 7.1 CH HD audio with Realtek ALC1150 audio codec that supports 115dB SNR DAC, and two TI NE5532 amplifiers, one is a Differential Amplifier and the other is a Premium Headset Amplifier which supports up to 600 ohm headphones. And there’s also cap-less Direct Drive technology, EMI shielding cover, PCB isolate shielding, and support for DTS Connect.
With the new motherboards that support Purity Sound, users may expect more details with less distortion and the industry’s highest SNR 115 dB. It also provides the exact amount of oomph for bass heads to bounce to the beats, and Premium Headset Amplifier for headphiles to directly connect their high impedance headphones, such as 600 ohm headphones, without needing to buy another expensive audio amplifier or sound card.
Corsair has announced the release of a free software driver update which adds Dolby Headphone 2.0 and Dolby Pro Logic IIx to the Vengeance 2000 wireless gaming headset. The addition of Dolby Headphone to the Vengeance 2000 improves both surround sound quality and game compatibility. The software driver is immediately available for download on the Vengeance 2000 product page.
Dolby Headphone is a signal processing technology that delivers up to 7.1-channel surround sound over headphones for richer, more spacious headphone audio. Dolby Pro Logic IIx processes native stereo- and 5.1-channel material to produce 6.1 or 7.1 output channels.
Scythe is announcing the availability of the amplifier Kama Bay Amp Pro. Like the earlier models, this model can be both used on its own and inside a common PC case, occupying two 5.25 inch bays. It is furthermore featuring a brand new infrared remote control as well as a front USB port, allowing media devices such as MP3 players or smartphones to be charged.
The Kama Bay Amp Pro is drawing its power from a MAXIM MAX 98400A IC, enabling a continuous maximum output of 24 watts per channel at 8 Ω (48 W total). At the same time a wide frequency range from 20 Hz to 20 kHz can be covered by the new product. Analog signals are fed in from the back side, using one of the three RCA connectors or from the front, using a 3.5 mm mini-Plug. Users are able to switch between the four separate source channels conveniently. All RCA connectors and speaker terminals (support banana plugs) are gold plated to prevent rust, which leads to better conductivity.
The Kama Bay Amp Pro is painted in black. Elements such as buttons and knobs as well as some corners received a special silver finish. Additional visual highlights are the two analog meters which apply a retro touch to the classy design. Users are able to choose between a total of seven colors for the background illumination. In addition it is possible to completely shut down the illumination, if necessary. Directly beneath the analog meters, all the main control elements are located. Grid knobs have been used for treble, bass and volume control to assure convenient handling.
The class D amplifier is powered by the supplied AC adapter and comes with a special PCI bracket for use inside a PC chassis. Furthermore, all required cables and connectors are supplied with the Kama Bay Amp Pro.
Scythe Kama Bay Amp Pro (item no. SDAR-3000) is available as of today for 84.00 euros.
Genius is launching the SP-U115, a pair of USB powered speakers in stylish color options (shiny black, sapphire blue, ruby red and white). These affordable and compact USB speakers can be connected to your desktop or laptop through a USB cable and a 3.5 mm jack.
The SP-U115 USB stereo speakers are now available in the U.S. and Canada with a suggested retail price of USD 14.99.
Genius has released the SP-900BT, a portable Bluetooth speaker with a built-in microphone, which not only allows you to listen to audio or music from your smartphone or tablet, but also lets you take phone calls when you connect the device to your smartphone. If a phone call comes in while music is playing, the SP-900BT notifies you with a ring. By pressing the call answering button on the speaker, you can listen and talk without having to touch your phone.
Thanks to its built-in Lithium rechargeable battery, it can continuously play wirelessly for up to 10 hours at moderate volume, and conveniently be charged via USB.
The main technical specifications for the SP-900BT include:
ASRock’s Game Blaster is a PCI Express x1 add-on sound card featuring a Creative Sound Core3D audio chip and a Broadcom networking chip. This sound card is based on a Creative Sound Core3D chip, which provides CrystalVoice technology for improving the audio quality during audio chats and several other technologies for improving audio. This sound card offers 102 dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for its outputs and 101 dB signal-to-noise ratio for its inputs, with a 192 kHz sampling rate and 24-bit resolution. Additionally, this card provides a Gigabit Ethernet port, which is controlled by a Broadcom BCM57781 chip. This chip supports the “teaming” function, allowing you to combine two Gigabit Ethernet ports for doubling the networking transfer rate to 2 Gbps.
It offers four gold-plated jacks for analog audio connection, optical and coaxial SPDIF outputs, a Gigabit Ethernet port, an internal header for the front audio, and an SPDIF header if your video card needs a physical connection in order to provide digital audio on its HDMI output.
Patriot has expanded their media player line-up with the launch of the PBO Alpine model.
The PBO Alpine is equipped with an ARM926 processor and supports HD video output in full 1,080p resolution at 30 frames per second. It comes preloaded with iRadio, iTV, YouTube, Picasa, and a fully functional web browser. For enthusiasts, the PBO Alpine offers support for user developed apps that can be side-loaded for custom functionality.
The new Patriot’s media player also features two USB 2.0 ports, one SD card reader, and comes with the Android operating system installed.
See below the file formats supported by the PBO Alpine:
Blue has announced the launch of the world’s first professional-grade USB microphone. Dubbed Yeti Pro, the device provides a sample rate of 192 KHz, a resolution of 24 bits, a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, and a sensitivity of 4.5 mV/Pa (1 kHz). It also has an analog XLR output. It has three custom condenser capsules and four different pattern settings, and comes with a suggested price of USD 249.
Arctic Sound, sub-brand from the cooler manufacturer Arctic for audio products, has introduced a new line of 2.1 speakers. This new series is made up of four models. The first one, called Arctic Sound S151, features two 3.5 W RMS speakers, a 10 W RMS subwoofer with built-in volume and bass control, and it costs USD 29.90. The Arctic Sound S161 model has two 3.5 W RMS circular speakers with blue LEDs, an 11 W RMS subwoofer with built-in volume and bass control, and it costs USD 37.90. The Arctic Sound S361 model has two speakers equipped with two 18 W RMS satellites each, a 40 W RMS subwoofer, and a wired remote control. This one costs USD 99. The most expansible model, the Arctic Sound S362, has two 12 W RMS speakers, a 50 W RMS subwoofer featuring a 144-mm high fidelity membrane, and it costs USD 109.90.